Pedigree Analysis: Queen Catherine

John Deere Juvenile runner takes her crown.

Q-Racing Journal

Hay Racing's Queen Catherine, a daughter of freshman sire Freighttrain B, won Saturday's $71,730 John Deere Ruidoso Juvenile Challenge (G3). PHOTO: Gay Harris

Queen Catherine had to fight several battles to earn her first career stakes win in Saturday’s $71,730 John Deere Ruidoso Juvenile Challenge (G3).

First, she had to battle to a runner-up finish in her July 17 trial to the race. Then, as she was tied for the 10th fastest time, she had to win a shake to earn her spot in the gate.

But after two consecutive wins just to make it in, she left no doubt in the final, sailing home while sporting a pink breast cancer awareness ribbon painted on her side, and pink silks worn in honor of Pink Day at the track. The victory boosted her career earnings to $42,768 for owner Hay Racing of Seminole, Oklahoma. The filly earned a berth in this year's $150,000 John Deere Juvenile Challenge Championship (G2), which will be run at Lone Star Park in the fall.
Queen Catherine was bred by Gary Vaughan of Coalgate, Oklahoma. She is by Freighttrain B and out of the Agouti mare Ms Casholene.

Freighttrain B is already off to a roaring start as the year’s No. 1 freshman sire to date. The 7-year-old son of leading sire PYC Paint Your Wagon has only 27 starters, but they have a combined average earnings of more than $27,000 per starter. Of course, that is a bit skewed because of $1 million Heritage Place Futurity (G1) winner BV Midnite Express ($550,372), but even without that horse, Freighttrain B has also sired stakes-placed runners Freighttrain A ($24,017), Miss Sammy Way ($64,011) and, of course, stakes winner Queen Catherine.

Freighttrain B is owned by James Sills and Gerald Swindell and is out of the Mr Eye Opener mare Dianetogetcha. He stands at Belle Mere Farm at Norman, Oklahoma. In his 16-race career, he finished fourth in Givinitaroyaleffort’s Heritage Place Futurity (G1) – only a neck off the pace after a bad start – and won three stakes, the Black Gold Futurity Championship (RG3), Oklahoma Derby and Black Gold Derby (R). He earned $421,761 during his career.

I profiled his half sister Coronas Concierge in a Pedigree Analysis last year.

Vaughan bred not only Queen Catherine, but also her mother and (in partnership) her grandmother.

Dam Ms Casholene was foaled in 2006 by the Corona Cartel stallion Agouti and out of the Raise A Gamble mare Olenes Gamble. Ms Casholene showed speed from the start –winning her trial for and then finishing third third in eventual champion Spit Curl Diva’s Blue Ribbon Futurity (G2). She would retire after a brief nine-race career.

Queen Catherine is her second foal.

Her mama, Olenes Gamble, was a race winner that Vaughan bred in partnership with Jahree Standridge. She produced six winners from nine starters that, besides Ms Casholene, also include stakes winner Delta Dance (by Country Chicks Man, $69,517) and stakes-placed runner Sting Baby Sting (by Whirling Fastball, $32,309).

Her daughter, Sting Baby Sting, produced stakes winner Sting Scorpion Sting ($32,525), stakes-placed runner Bugsy Stinger ($38,792) and Grade 2 finalist Strawfly Sting ($18,393), the dam of stakes-placed runner Sizzling Gold ($75,284).

Other daughters have produced stakes winners Blackwater Command ($61,477) and SR Achilles ($63,166).

Vaughan and his partner bought Queen Catherine’s third dam, Lady Olene, in 1989 when the mare was 17. The daughter of Alamitos Bar was bred by Leo Winters, and her brief racing career included a victory in the 1974 Fall Maiden Futurity at Midway Downs.

She was at that point already the mother to stakes winner Keen Olene ($81,059), a staple of the California circuit in the first few years of the 1980s, as well as stakes winner Moons Olene ($42,920) and stakes-placed horses Manly Morris ($36,190), Hempens Lady Olene ($20,108) and Lucksgay Ladyolene ($46,725).

For Vaughan and his partner, she also produced stakes-placed runner Cobra Cash ($12,961) in addition to Olenes Gamble.

Keen Olene would go on to produce a fruitful family that includes stakes-placed horses Dr Keen ($24,209), Keen Dasher ($24,113), as well as Grade 3 winner Inthetwinkleofaneye ($138,716), herself the dam of Grade 2-placed Kite Flyin ($56,355). This family also produced notable runners such as Secrets Fly ($183,147), Caspollo ($59,759), Dreams Can Fly ($58,945), Strawflys Alibi ($52,361), Once Upon A Fly ($46,077), Here O Beduino ($33,146), Keens Cat ($24,832).

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